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Veterinary Science

Veterinary Science

COLLEGE: Agricultural Sciences & Natural Resources

MAJOR: Veterinary Science

DEGREE OFFERED: Bachelor of Science in Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences

HOURS REQUIRED: 120

MINIMUM CUMULATIVE GPA: 2.0 for graduation

MINOR AVAILABLE: Yes

CHIEF ADVISER: Michael Carlson

DESCRIPTION

Interim Director and Associate Dean: Don Beermann, School of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, 120C Vet Basic Sciences

Professors: Barletta, Doster, Griffin, Grotelueschen, C. Jones, Kelling, Moxley, Osorio, Pattnaik, Pickard, Rogers, Steffen

Associate Professors: Hostetler, Kammermann, Keen, Randle, Reddy, Sollars, Somerville

Assistant Professors: Brodersen, Franco-Cruz, Harris, Loy, Ondrak, Wiebe, Xiang

Lecturers: Georgi, McFee, Riley, Whitmore

Research Professor: Zhou

BL-3 Facility Director: Delhon

Coordinator for Research: C. Jones

Assistant Professors of Practice: Carlson, Cortinas, L. Hardin, B. Jones

Senior Research Associates: Topliff, Wei

The bachelor degree in veterinary science prepares students for application to veterinary school as well as for positions in veterinary product sales, research and development in biotech and pharmaceutical industries, analysis and testing in federal, state and local health organizations, and in animal care. Courses in veterinary science are designed to broaden students knowledge in science as it relates to veterinary medicine, animal health and the understanding of disease. Specific knowledge areas include anatomy, biochemistry, histology, immunology, microbiology, molecular biology, pathology, pharmacology, toxicology, and virology, as they relate to diverse animal species.

MAJOR REQUIREMENTS

Veterinary Science Core Requirements

College Integrative Course3

AGRI 103/NRES 103 Introduction to Agricultural & Natural Resource Systems3

Veterinary Science1

VBMS 101 Success in Veterinary Science1

Natural Science Courses50-56

Life Sciences20-25

LIFE 120 & LIFE 120L Fundamentals of Biology I & Lab (ACE 4)4

LIFE 121 & LIFE 121L Fundamentals of Biology II & Lab (ACE 4)4

BIOS 312 Microbiology3

BIOS 314 Microbiology Lab1

Genetics4

AGRO 315 Genetics (4 cr)

Anatomy and Physiology4-9

Select from:

ASCI 240 Anatomy & Physiology of Domestic Animals (4 cr)

BIOS 213 & BIOS 213L Human Physiology & Lab (4 cr) & BIOS 214 Human Anatomy (5 cr) (9 cr)

Physical Sciences26

CHEM 109 General Chemistry I (ACE 4)4

CHEM 110 General Chemistry II (ACE 4)4

CHEM 251 Organic Chemistry I3

CHEM 252 Organic Chemistry II3

CHEM 253 Organic Chemistry I Lab1

CHEM 254 Organic Chemistry II Lab1

PHYS 141 Elementary General Physics I (ACE 4)5

PHYS 142 Elementary General Physics II (ACE 4)5

Biological Chemistry4-5

Select from:

BIOC 321 & BIOC 321L Elements of Biochemistry & Lab (4 cr)

BIOC 431 Structure & Metabolism & BIOC 433 Biochemistry Lab (5 cr)

Mathematics and Statistics5

MATH 102 Trigonometry2

STAT 218 Introduction to Statistics (ACE 3)3

Communications9

Written Communication (ACE 1)6

Select two from:

ENGL 150 Writing: Rhetoric as Inquiry (3 cr)

ENGL 151 Writing: Rhetoric as Argument (3 cr)

JGEN 120 Basic Business Communication (3 cr)

ENGL 254 Writing and Communities (3 cr)

JGEN 200 Technical Communication I (3 cr)

JGEN 300 Technical Communication II (3 cr)

Oral Communication (ACE 2)3

Select one from:

COMM 109 Fundamentals of Human Communication (3 cr)

COMM 209 Public Speaking (3 cr)

COMM 286 Business & Professional Communication (3 cr)

ALEC 102 Interpersonal Skills for Leadership (3 cr)

JGEN 300 Technical Communication II (3 cr)

Economics, Humanities and Social Sciences15

ECON 200 or ECON 211 or ECON 212 or AECN 141 (ACE 6)3

ACE Courses12

Select one course each from ACE outcomes 5, 7, 8, and 9.

Veterinary Science Core

Select a minimum of 15 credits from the following:

One ACE 10 Course is required

VBMS 403 Integrated Principles & Prevention of Livestock Diseases (ACE 10) (4 cr)

VBMS 417 Neurobiology: Cells to Senses (ACE 10) (4 cr)

VBMS 407 Introduction to Veterinary Anatomy (4 cr)

VBMS 408 Functional Histology (BIOS 408) (4 cr)

VBMS 410 General Pharmacology & Toxicology (4 cr)

VBMS 441 Pathogenic Microbiology (BIOS 441) (3 cr)

VBMS 441L Pathogenic Microbiology Lab (1 cr)

VBMS 496 Independent Study in Veterinary Science (1-5 cr)

Science Electives

Select a minimum of 12 credits from the following:

ASCI 320 Animal Nutrition & Feeding (3 cr)

ASCI 411 HACCP & Food Safety Systems for the Food Industry (3 cr)

ASCI 341 Physiology & Management of Reproduction (4 cr)

ASCI 421 Advanced Animal Nutrition (3 cr)

ASCI 442 Endocrinology (BIOS 442) (3 cr)

BIOS 313 Molecular Microbiology Lab (2 cr)

BIOS 326 Biology of Viruses (3 cr)

BIOS 385 Parasitology (4 cr)

BIOS 420 Molecular Genetics (MBIO 420) (3 cr)

BIOS 427 Practical Bioinformatics Lab (3 cr)

BIOS 440 Microbial Physiology (MBIO 440) (3 cr)

BIOS 443 Immunology (MBIO 443) (3 cr)

BIOS 487 Field Parasitology (4 cr)

ENTO 300 Toxins in the Environment (BIOS 300/NRES 300) (3 cr)

ENTO 415 Medical Entomology (3 cr)

FDST 372 Food Safety & Sanitation (NUTR 372) (3 cr)

FDST 403 Food Quality Assurance (3 cr)

FDST 405 Food Microbiology (BIOS 445) (3 cr)

FDST 406 Food Microbiology Lab (BIOS 446) (2 cr)

FDST 425 Food Toxicology (2 cr)

FDST 455 Microbiology of Fermented Foods (2 cr)

FDST 455L Microbiology of Fermented Foods Lab (1 cr)

PLPT 370 Biology of Fungi (AGRO 370/HORT 370) (3 cr)

VBMS 403 Integrated Principles & Prevention of Livestock Diseases (4 cr)

VBMS 407 Introduction to Veterinary Anatomy (4 cr)

VBMS 408 Functional Histology (BIOS 408) (4 cr)

VBMS 410 General Pharmacology & Toxicology (4 cr)

VBMS 417 Neurobiology: Cells to Senses (4 cr)

VBMS 441 Pathogenic Microbiology (BIOS 441) (3 cr)

VBMS 441L Pathogenic Microbiology Lab (1 cr)

VBMS 496 Independent Study in Veterinary Science (1-5 cr) if not taken as Veterinary Science Core

Core Requirements 110-117

Electives4-10

Total Hours for Graduation120

ADDITIONAL MAJOR REQUIREMENTS

Veterinary Medicine Option

The Veterinary Medicine Option is for UNL students who enter a veterinary professional program prior to attaining their bachelor degree having completed the ACE requirements. This option allows them to transfer credits into the undergraduate program to attain the degree.

Selected equivalent courses from college/school of veterinary medicine *29-30

Ethics & Jurisprudence ** (ACE 10 equivalent capstone course)4-5

Veterinary Anatomy I6

Veterinary Anatomy II4

Veterinary Histology4

Animal Physiology I4

General Veterinary Pathology3

Systemic Veterinary Pathology4

General Electives0-5

Core Requirements86-94

Veterinary Medicine Option29-30

Total Hours for Graduation120

*These credits will be transferred from an accredited college or school of veterinary medicine. The student must have successfully completed two years of study toward a DVM/VMD degree.

** This course must include ethics, animal welfare, and jurisprudence to qualify as the capstone for the major and also must be certified as ACE 10 equivalent. For students enrolled in the Professional Program in Veterinary Medicine at UNL and the Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine, the capstone equivalent is the two-course sequence, VMED 511 and VMED 512 Foundations of Veterinary Medicine I (3 cr) and II (2 cr) respectively.

REQUIREMENTS FOR MINOR OFFERED BY DEPARTMENT

Veterinary Science Minor

The veterinary science minor is designed for students from across the University with interests in animal health, biotechnology, and biomedical sciences. Students completing a minor in veterinary science will be better prepared to apply to professional schools and will also be candidates for graduate research positions after they complete their baccalaureate degree. The course of study leading to the minor should be developed in consultation with the Chief Preveterinary Adviser in the School of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences. A total of no more than 3 hours of credit in VBMS 496 can be applied to the minor. The veterinary science minor will consist of satisfactory completion of at least 12 credit hours of formal course work in veterinary and biomedical sciences selected from the following upper division courses:

Requirements for the Minor12

VBMS 303 Principles & Prevention of Livestock Diseases (3 cr)

VBMS 403 Integrated Principles & Prevention of Livestock Diseases (4 cr)

VBMS 408 Functional Histology (BIOS 408) (4 cr)

VBMS 410 General Pharmacology & Toxicology (4 cr)

VBMS 424 Basic Molecular Infectious Diseases (3 cr)

VBMS 441 Pathogenic Microbiology (BIOS 441) (3 cr)

VBMS 496 Independent Study in Veterinary Science (1-5 cr)

VBMS 499H Honors Thesis (3-6 cr)

COLLEGE REQUIREMENTS

College Admission

Requirements for admission into the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources (CASNR) are consistent with general University admission requirements (one unit equals one high school year): 4 units of English, 4 units of mathematics, 3 units of natural sciences, 3 units of social studies, and 2 units of foreign language. Students must also meet performance requirements (ACT composite of 20 or higher OR combined SAT score of 950 or higher OR rank in the top one-half of graduating class; transfer students must have a 2.0 (on a 4.0 scale) cumulative grade point average and 2.0 on most recent term of attendance.

Admission Deficiencies/Removal of Deficiencies

Students who are admitted to CASNR with core course deficiencies must remove these deficiencies within the first 30 credit hours at UNL, or within the first calendar year at UNL, whichever takes longer, excluding foreign languages. Students have up to 60 credit hours to remove foreign language deficiencies. College-level course work taken to remove deficiencies may be used to meet degree requirements in CASNR.

Deficiencies in the required entrance subjects can be removed by completion of specified courses in the University or by correspondence.

The Office of Admissions, Alexander Building (east entrance), City Campus, provides information to new students on how deficiencies can be removed.

College Degree Requirements

Curriculum Requirements

The curriculum requirements of the College consist of three areas: ACE (Achievement-Centered Education); College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources Core; and Degree Program requirements and electives. All three areas of the College Curriculum Requirements are incorporated within the description of the Major/Degree Program sections of the bulletin. The individual major/degree program listings of classes insures that a student will meet the minimum curriculum requirements of the College.

Foreign Languages/Language Requirement

Two units of a foreign language are required. This requirement is usually met with two years of high school language.

Minimum Hours Required for Graduation

The College grants the bachelors degree in programs associated with agricultural sciences, natural resources and related programs. Students working toward a degree must earn at least 120 semester hours of credit. A minimum cumulative grade point average of C (2.0 on a 4.0 scale) must be maintained throughout the course of studies and is required for graduation.

Grade Rules

Removal of C-, D and F Grades

Only the most recent letter grade received in a given course will be used in computing a student’s cumulative grade point average if the student has completed the course more than once and previously received a grade or grades below C in that course.

The previous grade (or grades) will not be used in computation of the cumulative grade point average, but it will remain a part of the academic record and will appear on any transcript.

A student can remove from his/her cumulative average a course grade of C-, D+, D, D- or F if the student repeats the same course at the University of Nebraska and receives a grade other than P (pass), I (incomplete), N (no pass), W (withdrew), or NR (no report). If a course is no longer being offered, it is not eligible for the revised grade point average computation process.

For complete procedures and regulations, see the Office of the University Registrar website at http://www.unl.edu/regrec/course-repeats.

Pass/No Pass Limits

Students in CASNR may take any course offered on a Pass/No Pass basis within the 24-hour limitation established by the Faculty Senate. However, a department may specify that the Pass/No Pass status of its courses be limited to non-majors, or may choose to offer some courses for letter grades only.

GPA Requirements

A minimum cumulative grade point average of C (2.0 on a 4.0 scale) must be maintained throughout the course of studies and is required for graduation.

Transfer Credit Rules

To be considered for admission, a transfer student, Nebraska resident or nonresident, must have an accumulated average of C (2.0 on a 4.0 scale) and a minimum C average in the last semester of attendance at another college. Transfer students who have completed less than 12 credit hours of college study must submit either ACT or SAT scores.

Ordinarily, credits earned at an accredited college are accepted by the University. The College, however, will evaluate all hours submitted on an application for transfer and reserves the right to accept or reject any of them. Sixty is the maximum number of hours UNL will accept on transfer from a two-year college. Ninety is the maximum number of hours UNL will accept from a four-year college. Transfer credit in the degree program must be approved by the degree program adviser on a Request for Substitution Form to meet specific course requirements, group requirements, or course level requirements in the major. At least 9 hours in the major field, including the capstone course, must be completed at UNL regardless of the number of hours transferred.

The College will accept no more than 10 semester hours of C-, D+, D and D- grades from other schools. The C-, D+, D and D- grades can only be applied to free electives. This policy does not apply to the transfer of grades from UNO or UNK to UNL.

Joint Academic Transfer Programs

The College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources has agreements with many institutions to support joint academic programs. The transfer programs include dual degree programs and cooperative degree programs. Dual degree programs offer students the opportunity to receive a degree from a participating institution and also to complete requirements for a bachelor of science degree in CASNR. Cooperative programs result in a single degree from either UNL or the cooperating institution.

Dual Degree Programs

A to B Programs

The A to B Program, a joint academic program offered by the CASNR and participating community colleges, allows students to complete the first two years of a degree program at the participating community college and continue their education and study in a degree program leading toward a bachelor of science degree.

The A to B Program provides a basic knowledge plus specialized course work. Students transfer into CASNR with junior standing.

Depending on the community college, students enrolled in the A to B Program may complete the requirements for an associate of science at the community college, transfer to UNL, and work toward a bachelor of science degree.

Participating community colleges include:

  • Central Community College
  • Metropolitan Community College
  • Mid-Plains Community College
  • Northeast Community College
  • Southeast Community College
  • Western Nebraska Community College

3+2 Programs

Two specialized degree programs in animal science and veterinary science are offered jointly with an accredited college or school of veterinary medicine. These two programs permit CASNR animal science or veterinary science students to receive a bachelor of science degree from UNL with a degree in animal science or veterinary science after successfully completing two years of the professional curriculum in veterinary medicine at an accredited veterinary school. Students who successfully complete the 3+2 Program, must complete the “Application for Degree” form and provide transcripts to the Credentials Clerk, Office of the University Registrar, 107 Canfield Administration Building, UNL. Students should discuss these degree programs with their academic adviser.

Cooperative Degree Programs

Academic credit from UNL and a cooperating institution is applied towards a four-year degree from either UNL (UNL degree-granting program) or the cooperating institution (non UNL degree-granting program). All have approved programs of study.

UNL Degree-Granting Programs

A UNL degree-granting program is designed to provide students the opportunity to complete a two-year program of study at one of the four-year institutions listed below, transfer to CASNR and complete the requirements for a bachelor of science degree.

Chadron State College. Chadron State College offers a 2+2 program leading to a grassland ecology and management degree program.

University of Nebraska at Kearney. Transfer programs are available for students pursuing degree programs leading to a bachelor of science degree.

University of Nebraska at Omaha. The University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) cooperates with CASNR in providing four-semester pre-agricultural sciences, pre-natural resources, pre-food science and technology, and pre-horticulture transfer programs.

A student enrolled in these programs may transfer all satisfactorily completed academic credits identified in the suggested program of study, and enter CASNR to study toward a degree program leading to a bachelor of science degree. The total program would require a minimum of four years or eight semesters (16 credit hours/semester or 120 credit hours).

UNL CASNR faculty teach horticulture and food science and technology courses at UNO to assist an urban population in better understanding the food processing, horticulture, and landscape horticulture industries.

For more information, contact Associate Professor Steven Rodie, Pre-Horticulture Program, University of Nebraska at Omaha, 402-554-3752; and/or the CASNR Dean’s Office, 800-472-8800, ext. 2541.

Non UNL Degree-Granting Programs

The CASNR cooperates with other institutions to provide course work that is applied towards a degree at the cooperating institution. Pre-professional programs offered by CASNR allow students to complete the first two or three years of a degree program at UNL prior to transferring and completing a degree at the cooperating institution.

Chadron State College–Range Science. The 3+1 Program in range science allows Chadron State College students to pursue a range science degree through Chadron State College. Students complete three years of course work at Chadron State College and one year of specialized range science course work (32 credit hours) at CASNR.

Dordt College (Iowa) – Agricultural Education: Teaching Option. This program allows students to pursue an Agricultural Education Teaching Option degree leading toward a bachelor of science in agricultural education. Students at Dordt College will complete 90 credit hours in the Agricultural Education: Teaching Option Transfer Program.

Residency

Students must complete at least 30 of the total hours for their degree using UNL credits. Credit earned during education abroad may be used toward the residency requirement if students register through UNL and participate in prior-approved education abroad programs. UNL open enrollment and summer independent study courses count toward residence.

Online and Distance Education

There are many opportunities to earn college credit through the University of Nebraska–Lincoln Office of Online and Distance Education. Some of these credits may be applicable not only as elective credits, but also toward the fulfillment of the College’s education requirements. Credits earned through the UNL Online and Distance Education program may count toward residency. However, certain offerings may not be counted toward scholarship requirements or academic recognition criteria.

For further information, contact:

Office of Online and Distance Education

University of Nebraska–Lincoln

2100 Vine Street

Lincoln, NE 68588-8307

402-472-2175

http://online.unl.edu/

Independent Study Rules

Students wishing to take part in independent studies must obtain permission; complete and sign a contract form; and furnish copies of the contract to the instructor, adviser, departmental office, and the Dean’s Office. The contract should be completed before registration. Forms are available in 103 Agricultural Hall or online at the CASNR website.

Independent study projects include research, literature review or extension of course work under supervision and evaluation of a departmental faculty member.

Students may only count 12 hours of independent study toward their degrees and no more than 6 hours can be counted during their last 36 hours earned, excluding senior thesis, internships, and courses taught under an independent study number.

Other College Degree Requirements

Capstone Course Requirement

A capstone course is required for each CASNR degree program. A capstone course is defined as a course in which students are required to integrate diverse bodies of knowledge to solve a problem or formulate a policy of societal importance.

ACE Requirements

All students must fulfill the Achievement Centered Education (ACE) requirements. Information about the ACE program may be viewed at www.ace.unl.

The minimum requirements of CASNR reflect the common core of courses that apply to students pursuing degrees in the college. Students should work with an adviser to satisfy ACE outcomes 1, 2, 3, 4, 6 and 10 with the college requirements.

Bulletin Rule

Students must fulfill the requirements stated in the bulletin for the academic year in which they are first admitted to UNL or when they were first admitted to a Joint Academic Transfer Program. In consultation with advisers, a student may choose to follow a subsequent bulletin for any academic year in which they are admitted to and enrolled as a degree-seeking student at UNL in the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources. Students must complete all degree requirements from a single bulletin year. The bulletin which a student follows for degree requirements may not be more than 10 years old at the time of graduation.

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College: Agricultural Sciences & Natural Resources
Degree Offered: Bachelor of Science in Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences
Hours Required: 120
Minimum Cumulative GPA: 2.0 for graduation
Minor Available: Yes
Chief Adviser: Michael Carlson